In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha's precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o'clock in the morning....
十八 洞山三斤 | hide chinese .
show chinese | 洞山和尚、因僧問、如何是佛。
A monk asked Tozan, "What is Buddha?" 山云、麻三斤。
Tõzan replied, "Masagin!" [three pounds of flax].
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、洞山老人、參得些蚌蛤禪、纔開兩片露出肝腸。
Old Tõzan attained the poor Zen of a clam. He opened the two halves of the shell a little and exposed all the liver and intestines inside. 然雖如是、且道、向甚處見洞山。
But tell me, how do you see Tõzan?
"Three pounds of flax" came sweeping along;
Close were the words, but closer was the meaning.
Those who argue about right and wrong
Are those enslaved by right and wrong.